Transformations with Life #16 (Raku and Living Eucalyptus)

I made this abstract vessel many years ago and I've never published a picture of, I think. I was in a dark place when I made it and didn't really like it at first. It has moved around with me and gradually has found itself in more visible places. I recently had it in a … Continue reading Transformations with Life #16 (Raku and Living Eucalyptus)

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Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

I'm frequently amazed at what I image when I look at cactus like these: I see buildings, I see people in a crowd, and I see balloons on strings. What I find is all smiles. I catch myself smiling at these little beauties. I catch myself talking to them like pets. I really get a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Another example of the persistence of life. Like many of my plants, I find them on walk, this time deep in a vast filed of wild growth. This amazing plant was growing out of a dry mud patch. The earth was so dry and hard packed, that I broke the small shovel I was using … Continue reading Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Transformations With Life #13 – Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef

This little plant was hard to catch. It was hiding in a dry patch of a massive field of wild flowers. I'm not certain, but it might be a baby smoke bush. There are some bigger trees with similar leaves nearby, or maybe they are overgrown bushes. Anyway, they are growing wild in this field. … Continue reading Transformations With Life #13 – Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef

Transformations With Life #10 – Reimagined Office Garden

Above is the original bowl. It was sitting uncomfortably in a display case among others in my ceramic series called Paper Bowls. About a week ago my lovely wife came home with some plants from her office that had been damaged by the cleaning lady and she asked me to replant them into some dull … Continue reading Transformations With Life #10 – Reimagined Office Garden

Research On The Prevailing Forms of Ceramics in Montreal Today

This year on my way to getting my Art Ed. degree... For ARTH370 - Independent Research Introduction The primary inquiry was based on the observation of less sculptural ceramics on physical display in many of Montreal’s formal art galleries and noticing a greater representation of vessels in the shape of a bowl. The initial question … Continue reading Research On The Prevailing Forms of Ceramics in Montreal Today

Transformations with Life #9 – The Reaching Pot

I wasn't sure if I wanted to repurpose this small tea bowl. It was very nicely done, comfortable in the hand, and with a beautiful blue crackle glaze. This early pot got very close to some of the early Korean pots I was inspired by. When I added this little indoor hanging plant, I wasn't … Continue reading Transformations with Life #9 – The Reaching Pot

Transformations with Life #8 – The Forest Floor

After planting the four maple seedlings I added some garden moss to keep the soil moist and then I put it in the sun. A few days later other plants started to grow. It looks very much like the floor of the forest with the trees high about and tons of life struggling fort a … Continue reading Transformations with Life #8 – The Forest Floor

Transformations With Life #7 – The Barber’s Story

One of only a few remaining of my long face vessels, this one was originally meant to be a prototype for s beer stein. At that time, I had yet discovered the versatility of porcelain, so this earthenware is thick and weighty. Still, it fits nicely in the hand and could have been used as … Continue reading Transformations With Life #7 – The Barber’s Story

Transformations With Life #6 – Summer Flowers

Please take note that there are two different pots shown here. I planted a flower from my garden that returns every year. I've always known them as snapdragons. The become a bright orange-pink and look like a cross between a crocus and bird of paradise. The goblets they are now living in were from a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #6 – Summer Flowers